I eagerly did this today, with no reservations. The sage fired up quickly, I was able to more organically follow the ritual order, and I was excited as I realized I was really releasing a bunch of black yuck, especially from my hands, my mind and my gut. I could see it, in a sense, streaming away and dissipating on the air. I did get a mild headache from smelling the incense on my clothes after a time. Can’t have everything!